Author(s): Barbara Anderson
New Zealand 20 years ago, when margarine was sold in pharmacies and protective tariffs ruled... The Minister of Cultural Links and Trade, an ex dairy farmer called Hamish Carew, sets of on a Swing Around of New Zealand's Asian friends and neighbours. With him are his wife Molly and two young officials, Freddy Manders and Violet Redpath. It should be a routine affair. But Molly doesn't like shopping, Freddy is consumed by bitterness at the wife who left him and the superiors who have sidelined his career, Violet finds herself at a loose end...and lurking on the horizon is the shadowy terrorist group Lightening Storm. The Swing Around is Barbara Anderson's funniest novel to date, and is also imbued with her compassionate wisdom about the ways people connect with one another.